Michter’s Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky has announced the first release of it Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey since 2019. This 2022 edition was originally scheduled to release at the end of last year but was bottlenecked due to supply chain issues involving the arrival of custom packaging.
The premium whiskey market is one of the fastest growing whiskey segments in the U.S. right now and this release will simply make that market hotter. This latest release is a blend of bourbon and rye barrels ranging from a dozen to 30+ years old.
This will be only the fourth ever Michter’s Celebration release since it debut in 2013. And this premium sour mash whiskey comes with a premium retail price of $6,000.
When Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey was released in 2013, it marked a significant moment in U.S. whiskey history. For the first time, an American whiskey company was offering a rare blend for a suggested retail price of several thousand dollars.
“It’s been gratifying to see how whiskeys made in the United States have garnered increased respect and recognition both at home and abroad over the past decade,” stated Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco.
The three barrels of bourbon and four barrels of rye whiskey netted out a mere 328 bottles of the 2022 Edition of Michter’s Celebration whiskey. It is 112.8 proof (56.4% ABV). Each bottle of the 2022 Edition comes in a special gift box that has a drawer containing a letter signed by Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee.
“This is the second time that I have had the honor of working with our team to produce a Michter’s Celebration release,” commented Master Distiller Dan McKee. “This edition contains whiskeys personally selected by me from seven extraordinary barrels: three of them Kentucky straight bourbon and four of them Kentucky straight rye.”
“This whiskey is an exploratory journey of aged bourbons and ryes blended to perfection that leaves your palate captivated with its bold elegance,” said Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson. “I am thrilled with this release and very proud of the Michter’s team and our efforts to produce the best American Whiskey.”
Michter’s 2022 Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey Production Notes
Production: 2022 Release
State of Distillation: Kentucky
Barrels: Fire-charred, new American white oak barrels
No. Barrels: 3 bourbon whiskey barrels and 4 rye whiskey barrels = 7 total
Age: 12 to 30+ years
No. Bottles: 328 Bottles
Proof: 112.8 proof (56.4% ABV)
Michter’s 2022 Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey Tasting Notes
These tasting notes are provided by Michter’s.
“A remarkable combination of elegance and depth of flavor. One sip of this decadent whiskey begins a cascade of flavors highlighted by dark rich caramel, orange citrus, vanilla bean, honey, and milk chocolate as well as notes of molasses and crème brulee.”
Michter’s has a rich and long legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. With each of its limited production offerings aged to peak maturity, the distiller’s highly acclaimed portfolio includes bourbon, rye, and American whiskey. All Michter’s offerings are subject to allocation because demand exceeds supply.
Michter’s 2022 Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey will be available worldwide starting in February 2023.